Measles, complications kill 70 nationwide in a month -DOH

11 Février, 2019, 18:41 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • OUCH! – A baby is given a measles shot at a health center in Baseco compound in Tondo Manila Sunday

A surge in measles cases prompted Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency January 25.

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Unicef cited recent reports from the Department of Health and the World Health Organization that showed there were more than 20,000 measles cases in the country as of December 2018, a 500 percent increase from past year.

"We are expanding the outbreak from Metro Manila to the other regions as cases have increased in the past weeks and to strengthen the surveillance of new cases and alert mothers and caregivers to be more vigilant", the DOH chief had said on February 7.

In Toronto, public health authorities last week warned that some travellers through Pearson International Airport on January 27 may have been exposed to measles.

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NSW Health said that outbreaks of measles in popular tourist destinations mean the risk for measles being imported into Australia at the moment is high.

"The total number of people infected with the virus in 2018 was the highest this decade: 3 times the total reported in 2017 and 15 times the record low number of people affected in 2016", World Health Organization said.

The data on the European Region shows that 72 children and adults were killed by the virus in 2018 and that 82,596 people in 47 of 53 countries contracted measles. This has left increasing clusters of susceptible individuals unprotected and resulted in record numbers being affected by the virus. The report said, "Outbreaks in North America and in Europe emphasize that measles can easily spread even in countries with mature health systems.Due to ongoing outbreaks, measles is again considered endemic in Germany and Russian Federation". The Americas, the Eastern Mediterranean and Europe were particularly hard hit, with the Western Pacific being the only region to register a drop in measles cases. The Republic Act 10152 or the Mandatory Infants and Children Health Immunization Act states that mandatory basic immunization shall be given for free at any government hospital or health center to infants and children up to five (5) years of age. "This is a timely reminder for Canberrans to ensure their vaccinations are up to date", Dr Coleman said.

People born before 1994 or who grew up outside of B.C. may need a second dose.

DOH said two doses of measles vaccines should be given to children: one at nine months old and the other one at 12 months old. "DTP3 (Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis) and first-dose measles vaccine coverage have plateaued globally at 85 per cent", it added."Progress towards the eradication of wild poliovirus and the elimination of measles, rubella, and maternal and neonatal tetanus is now too slow to be achieved by the end of the decade". Anyone born in or after 1966 who has not previously received two measles-containing vaccines is eligible for free MMR vaccine.

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